WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ISN’T UP FOR DEBATE—BUT WE STILL NEED CANDIDATES TO DISCUSS IT
By Kells McPhillips
If you blinked during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, you might have missed discussion on the topic of reproductive health entirely. (Wednesday’s debate likewise glossed over another major health issue: climate change.) Considering that nine states have now passed bills that seriously limit women’s access to abortion, and another four are considering similar actions, and 19 states have laws that could be used restrict legal abortions, the issue’s lack of airtime seemed like an egregious oversight.
On stage at the debate, only New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were given a chance to speak (for just less than a minute apiece) about their stances on abortion rights. But other frontrunners in the 2020 presidential race have their own game plans to protect women’s reproductive rights. Here’s where six Democratic presidential hopefuls stand.